Kevin Phillips hired as ambassador for Sunderland AFC

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SOCCER legend Kevin Phillips has signed for the Black Cats once again.

But the European Golden Shoe winner won’t be entering the playing field in the famous red-and-white stripes.

SAFC’s leading post-war goal scorer, “Superkev” has agreed to become an ambassador for the club’s charity, Foundation of Light.

Phillips, 41, is currently on the coaching staff at Leicester City, but will combine his role with work for the foundation after being approached by former Sunderland chairman Sir Bob Murray.

Speaking about the announcement, the former England international said: “Sunderland will always hold a special place in my heart.

“I loved my time on Wearside and have really fond memories of the city and the club.

“It’s great to be able to give something back to the community after all the support it gave me – and it’s also very hard to say no to Sir Bob.

“He’s really passionate about the foundation and has told me just how important the work is that it does.

“I look forward to helping take the foundation forward and to promoting the fantastic work it does in the North East.”

The Foundation of Light works with more than 42,000 adults and children across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham through a number of different programmes.

The charity now has over 100 employees and many more volunteers.

Sir Bob, who founded the foundation in 2001, said: “Among Sunderland fans Kevin has legendary status.

“He played a major role in what was one of the club’s most exciting periods, and his goals and talent cemented a place in the club’s folklore.

“I’ve remained close to Kevin since his days at the club and was sure he’d be interested in helping the foundation.

“He’s always been a top man as well as a top player and he was genuinely interested in the invaluable work the foundation does with families in the region.

“He is one of the club’s most famous sons and his involvement will make a real difference, heightening awareness and interest in the work we do.”

After signing from Watford in 1997, Phillips wrote himself into Wearside footballing folklore by notching 113 goals in 208 appearances as he formed a lethal partnership with future SAFC chairman Niall Quinn.

After leaving Wearside in 2003, he played for Southampton, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City, Blackpool and Crystal Palace before hanging up his playing boots with Leicester City.